The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center has broadened the types of projects eligible for two grant programs. Both programs require the creation of jobs in new or expanding businesses.
Eligible recipients are local governments in the state's 85 rural counties.
For immediate release (6/14/2011)
Media contact: Garnet Bass, director of communications, 919-250-4314
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A new lending program is making it easier for businesses in every corner of the state to borrow the money they need to retain employees and create new jobs.
The N.C. Capital Access Program has so far enrolled 54 lenders with more than 1,100 branches across the state, and more sign up each week.
The N.C. Council for Economic Education recently recognized 14 high school students for winning high honors in the statewide Hop on the BUS! business plan competition.
The contest featured 81 high school teams from across the state, with about half of the teams entering the fall competition and half competing in the spring. Each team submitted full business plans, which were judged by groups of small business experts.
For release 5/6/2011
Contact: Garnet Bass, director of communications, 919-250-4314
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Rural Economic Development Institute graduated 32 rural leaders May 6 after an intensive, three-month leadership training program.
Sponsored annually by the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, the institute offers an opportunity for leaders in business, government, economic development, civic groups and grassroots organizations to broaden their understanding of rural community and economic development and to hone their personal leadership skills. Participants attend three sessions over the course of three months.
For release 4/28/2011
Contact: Patrick Woodie, vice president for rural development, 919-250-4314
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center this month awarded 19 grants totaling nearly $6 million to create jobs and provide clean water in rural counties. The grants will create more than 575 jobs and assist projects in 16 counties.
The grants were made possible by appropriations of the N.C. General Assembly.
The center's board of directors awarded most of the grants April 27. One award, to the town of Stoneville, was made earlier this month.